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The Fall of the House of Bush - The Delusions of the Neoconservatives and American Armageddon (Paperback) Loot Price: R157
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The Fall of the House of Bush - The Delusions of the Neoconservatives and American Armageddon (Paperback): Craig Unger
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Craig Unger

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A sobering examination of the twin fundamentalisms that shape the current administration internally - to say nothing of the one it's supposed to be fighting.Compassionate conservatism? Nice, disarming rhetoric, writes Unger (Center on Law and Security/New York Univ.; House of Bush, House of Saud: The Secret Relationship Between the World's Two Most Powerful Dynasties, 2004, etc.) - but merely a way of reframing the argument so that "the entire political spectrum - everyone from hardcore theocrats to liberal secularists - supported policies that would aid the Christian Right." The gloves came off as soon as Bush II entered the White House and turned operations over to the very neoconservatives whom his father had largely frozen out of power, writes Unger in a bit of psychodrama at the opening of the book, giving the son's repudiation of the father appropriately tragic undertones. The neocons - most of them former leftists and most of them without any apparent religious beliefs - made unlikely allies for the Christian right-wingers who entered government in droves on Bush's ascension, but they had many interests in common, including pressing the battle against Islam and advancing the American empire. Most of these fundamentalists, religious and political, notes Unger, have been idealists without much grounding in the real world - one reason, perhaps, that all band together in detesting Henry Kissinger, that master of realpolitik. But, however ethereal their thinking, they have plenty of real-world effects. Unger works much the same territory as Kevin Phillips did in his American Theocracy (2005), and he turns in plenty of news. One interesting bit: Katherine Harris, the Florida secretary of state so instrumental in putting Bush in office in 2000, was an acolyte of the same fundamentalists who pushed Jerry Falwell and company into secular politics - and, as an aside, she helped see to it that more than a quarter of the votes cast in Florida were not recounted, contrary to law.What next? Fundamentalists and neocons alike have been thoroughly discredited - but, Unger hints, there's still plenty of damage yet to come. Armageddon, anyone? (Kirkus Reviews)
Conventional wisdom has it that the Middle East crisis is the product of a clash of civilizations between Islam and the West. AMERICAN ARMAGEDDONframes that conflict as part of an entirely different paradigm -- namely, the ongoing war between faith and reason, between fundamentalisms (Islamic, Jewish, Christian) and the modern, scientific, post-Enlightenment world. It tells the story of how radical, neoconservative ideologues secretly formed an alliance with the Christian Right in the Bush White House -- and how, driven by delusional idealism and ideological and religious zeal, they waged unilateral and pre-emptive war in the Middle East as well as a domestic war against reason, science and civil liberties. Extending the investigative reach deployed so devastatingly in HOUSE OF BUSH, HOUSE OF SAUD, Craig Unger's brilliant expose shows the real intentions -- and likely outcomes -- of the Bush administration's true playbook.


Imprint: Simon & Schuster
Country of origin: United States
Release date: July 2008
Authors: Craig Unger
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 32mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 480
ISBN-13: 978-1-4165-2203-4
Barcode: 9781416522034
Categories: Books > Social sciences > Politics & government
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > General
LSN: 1-4165-2203-4

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